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Beaver Turkey Ridge Wildlife Quiet AreaPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 15 2015
chumley
Hiking14.35 Miles 1,257 AEG
Hiking14.35 Miles   6 Hrs   38 Mns   2.35 mph
1,257 ft AEG      32 Mns Break
 
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This was a real treat. No other way to put it. Turkey Creek is great from the top down for the first 4-5 miles before turning a bit dry and rocky. But once you turn south in Beaver Canyon it is nothing but joy.

We got rained on for a few hours, but it was generally light. Twice I put on my rain jacket for 10-15 minutes, but otherwise it was nice to enjoy the rain without it. Thunder rumbled all afternoon, but only two strikes were under a mile so there wasn't ever much anxiety.

By descending Turkey Creek and returning via Beaver Canyon, we followed the circumference of the Beaver-Turkey Wildlife area, established in 1985. The establishment of this area closed FR92, which we crossed at Turkey Crossing. This was once a "major" forest road, and 30 years of no use has reclaimed it somewhat.

Beaver Park is bisected by 115kV power lines but they are surprisingly unobtrusive. The upper end of Beaver Canyon has an exclosure area, but it hasn't been maintained in many years and the fencing is down in several areas.

We spooked a single elk that was probably trying to hide from us until we got too close and it finally decided to bail. It was less than 50 feet from us before we saw it, and it was a new experience for me to be hiking with two dogs who made no attempt to chase it! :whistle:

Good trip. I'd like to check this area out some more. Thanks for driving 9L. I know that dirt and dog hair are not things that your Jeep enjoys. :)
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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Beaver Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Dry at point marked on map, but plenty of pools upstream to top of canyon.
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